High-class players like Oscar are being prevented from entering the Super League
Accordingly, like last season, this year, the transfer fee in a foreign player transaction is still only a maximum of 45 million yuan (6.6 million USD), for domestic players is 20 million. 3 million USD). The number of registered players for a match is 23, in which each team can register up to 5 foreign players.
The ceiling of 3 million USD on domestic players is considered reasonable because in the Chinese team, the most expensive person is only 850,000 USD (naturalized midfielder Jiang Guangtai). Therefore, it is difficult for a club to offer crazy prices to buy domestic players.
The problem will only arise in the case of foreign players. The ceiling of $ 6.6 million is causing great controversy in Chinese public opinion because it is very rare for a tournament to limit transfer fees. Even the move from the CFA is said to be “suppressing the development” of clubs in particular and Chinese football in general.
The time when clubs recruited foreign soldiers aggressively is now long gone
“The transfer market is still subjected to gross interference”; “Changing is constant but only makes the league worse”; “It’s all retrograde”… These are typical Chinese fans’ comments on social media Sohu .
With the recent move to press the ceiling, it can be affirmed that the CFA wants to help clubs avoid over-stretching as before. But on the other hand, this decision also acknowledges the decline of Chinese National Championshiplost its attraction to the force of “mercenaries”.
Just a few years ago, deals of 10-20 million USD were still happening regularly. In the top 10 largest purchases in the country of billions of people, the lowest also costs up to 17 million USD, while the highest is in the case of Oscar in 2016 (80 million USD). With the ceiling applied, it is harder for Chinese clubs to recruit high-quality players from outside.